10 Tips to get most out of your action camera at the Aqua Park

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Having the right kit:

To take your Action Camera onto the Aqua Park, you’ll need a chest mount, these are commonly available for a variety of different brands of Action Cameras. We recommend using a floaty waterproof housing along with a well-placed cable tie for that extra bit of security.

Trust us there are plenty of action cam’s that have sunk to the depths of eternity, so make sure your device is secure. We recommend using the GoPro hero 7/8 with the floaty case, make sure you use the rubber locking plug too. A common mistake to make is to not use this when jumping into the water from high obstacles the impact can be big enough to cause the camera to eject from the mount and sink.

Overall, making sure you don’t lose your camera and ruin your day is a top priority!

Setting Up your Action Cam:

You’ll need to place your chest strap on underneath your buoyancy aid, leaving a small gap in the straps for the action cam to sit. This is so the elasticated chest mount does not get caught on the equipment.

Check the field of view (FOV) setting on the camera is set to wide and you are happy with the angle of the camera. This means the camera is on a fisheye setting and you are more likely to get everything you want in the frame and create the first person point of view effect.

Choosing your Aspect Ratio:

Make sure you have enough space on your memory card and check the record settings. We really like filming in a 4:3 aspect ratio, this gives a slightly squarer look to the video compared to the standard 16:9 works really well on social media (where are you likely to be sharing your content)

However, if you’re wanting to have the flexibility and planning on uploading to youtube, play it safe with a 16:9 and leave 4:3 for the influencers. 

Video Resolution:

We really like filming a 1440 x 1080 resolution which is 4:3 and 60 FPS. This not only gives you the option to do slo-mo when editing your footage. But it is really compatible on social media and looks great once it’s uploaded.

Lets face it, filming in 4k is great but you can’t share a 4k video on social media, and the file sizes are huge, so unless you are super keen and have a powerful computer to handle editing 4k footage, just save yourself the hassle and film in HD 1920 x 1080. You are likely to get better frames per second settings in a HD setting, like 60 or 120 fps and slowing your footage down always makes jumps bigger and you look way more sendy! 

Change your shot types:

Whilst charging around the park it’s easy to forget that you’re filming. Every now and again it’s good to stop and put your chest towards a friend who might do something cool or completely wipeout. These are sometimes some of the best shots and it will give your footage a nice break from the first person POV. 

Make the most of your equipment

The GoPro 7 & 8 models have voice activation controls, fumbling around in the water trying to make sure you’re recording or not can be tricky, so this can be really useful to toggle on and off filming whilst on the park.

Editing your video

There are various editing software out there you can use, some good ones that are available to use for free such as Splice, GoPro editors and Imovie are a good place to start.

Be brave, be bold, be punchy:

Try to keep your clips between three / 5 seconds be ruthless when it comes to cutting it down as you’re no doubt have lots of footage.

Be creative, set the tone, mood and atmosphere when choosing your music:

The biggest decision of the edit isn’t choosing your favourite pop song to slap over your footage. Think about the mood and speed of you cuts between shots, editing to the beat of the music is a very simple and effective way to make the visuals complement your music choice. 

Don’t overlook the original Audio

Sometimes the best moments are also heard as well as seen. the go pro hero 7 has a brilliant inbuilt microphone and no additional waterproof housing is needed, this means it picks up all of your laughs, giggles splashes on the water which can add another layer to your content. We recommend reducing your original audio track by 30-40% then adding your music to it, this usually produces a nice balance. 

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